You Have No Excuse
You now have no excuse.
There is no “I can’t” anymore. No waiting for the right time. No asking permission.
You’re in charge. No one’s one holding you back but you.
Stop waiting for perfect
No more stalling. It’s time.
The tools are on your side.
Now, you can publish your own book without having to knock on doors.
You can record an album on your laptop and raise money for it through crowd-funding. All in the comfort of your own home.
This is the age of no excuse
The other day, I had a disturbing phone call, followed by a challenging meeting.
I walked away from both, having heard something I didn’t want to hear — that my dreams were closer than I realized.
If I wanted to publish a book, I had people who would help me. If I wanted to share my writing with the world, then I could.
These are scary thoughts
This left me feeling unsettled. Fear began to well up inside of me. Excuses filled my mind:
I’m not ready yet.
I need a larger platform.
If only I had more time.
The truth is I didn’t have much content for a book. I hadn’t been writing. I wasn’t planning for this moment.
I had only been dreaming.
I realized an important truth, one that sobered my thoughts: The only thing holding me back is me.
Now, I have to do something. And I hate it. Because if this doesn’t get done, I have no one to blame but me.
By now, you are thinking of your own dream
Immediately, apprehensions and roadblocks come to mind. You start thinking of excuses. Which turn into justifications for why you haven’t started. Then, you start consoling yourself…
And you are completely full of crap.
Enough. Please. Let’s stop passing the buck and take responsibility. Admit that you have no excuse. Embrace this. And start moving forward anyway.
You may be years away from your dream. That’s okay. But don’t you dare spend another minute lying to yourself and others about what’s holding you back.
You are what stands in the way of your dream.
You have no excuse to not begin today.
You are lazy and afraid.
And that’s fine. But it’s time to grow up; it’s time to get over it.
I hope this frustrates you enough to do something
I hope it puts a fire under you to do something.
Because we don’t need more dreaming. We need more action.
We need your life to count for something, for you to create the art you were destined to create.
And we need it now.
For an additional kick-in-the-butt, read the following: The Myth of the Perfect Writing Environment
*Photo credit: Meredith Farmer